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India Open 2021 postponed due to surge in COVID-19 cases

New Delhi, April 19: In an emergency discussion held with Badminton World Federation (BWF), the Badminton Association of India (BAI) has decided to postpone the upcoming Yonex-Sunrise India Open 2021 on Monday in the wake of a sudden rise in the COVID-19 cases in New Delhi and an announcement of the lockdown in the city.

The tournament was scheduled to be held at the KD Jadhav Indoor Hall in New Delhi from May 11-16. However, with the recent record surge in Covid cases and uncertainty around the pandemic as well as the lockdown is in effect from Monday midnight, BAI is left with no option but to call off the tournament.

“Considering the current challenges, BAI is left with no option but to announce the postponement of the tournament for the time being. We had an entry of 228 players and close to 300 peoples gathering including coaches, support staff and officials and the circumstances are such that the 2021 edition of the Yonex-Sunrise India Open seems, for now, a very risky affair.

“Several rounds of discussions were held with BWF as well as the Delhi Government and other stakeholders and accessing the safety of players and officials BAI needed to take this decision,” said Badminton Association of India (BAI) General Secretary Ajay Singhania.

The BWF World Tour Super 500 tournament was classified as one of the last few qualification tournaments for the Tokyo Olympics and had attracted top players including Kenta Momota, Victor Axelsen and several other Top-10 players along with representation from 33 countries.

The 2021 edition was already scheduled to be held in a biosecure bubble with no spectators and media.

Source: BAI Release

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Story first published: Monday, April 19, 2021, 18:07 [IST]
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